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This page includes correspondence from Vanderbilt and associations to which Vanderbilt belongs.  

  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY14. (April 1, 2013)
  • Letter from Ad Hoc Group-led community to all Members of Congress expressing concern about the impact of continued cuts  to National Institutes of Health. (Feb. 11, 2013)        
  • Letter from a group of 116 scientific and higher education associations and universities including Vanderbilt University, to President Obama and House and Senate leaders urging them to "work together to achieve a bipartisan compromise that avoids the fiscal cliff and moves the country on to sound fiscal footing without sacrificing our nation's crucial investments in science and technology." (Dec. 7, 2012)        
  • 'Cliff' looming for biomedical research
    By Jeff Balser | Tennessean | Dec. 2, 2012        
  • Irresponsible cuts to research will curtail innovation
    By Nicholas S. Zeppos and Joe DiPietro | Nov. 28, 2012                        
  • Letter from the research community including Vanderbilt, expressing concerns with several provisions related to   the National Institutes of Health in the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill passed by the House   Labor-HHS Subcommittee. (Oct. 1, 2012)       
  • Letter to the President and Congress from more than 150 university presidents and chancellors including Vanderbilt, supporting visa reform. (Sept. 13, 2012)            
  •  Letter from the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities urging policymakers to forge a balanced long-term deficit-reduction agreement that will reduce budget deficits, rein in the nation’s debt, and prevent the indiscriminate cuts of sequestration. (July 11, 2012)
  • Letter to Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., from the research community urging support for continuing funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy  in the FY 2012 budget. (April 18, 2012)     
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations  to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY13. (March 16, 2012)
  • Letter from East Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., opposing efforts to cut funding for programs that train the next generation of physicians. (July 14, 2011) 
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations  to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., outlining the University's research priorities for FY 2012. (May 6, 2011)
  • Letter from Vanderbilt's Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and the University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., expressing appreciation for his longstanding commitment to making research and education funding a priority. (March 7, 2011)       
  • Letter from Vanderbilt's Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and the University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., urging him to make research and education funding a priority as decisions are made for FY 11. (March 7, 2011)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., opposing the deep cuts in research and student aid programs contained in H.R. 1. (Feb. 16, 2011)
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., thanking him for his support in the final passage of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (Jan. 6, 2011)
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in support of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (Aug. 3, 2010)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations  to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., in support of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (May 19, 2010)
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., in support of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (April 12, 2010)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., requesting support for federal student aid programs and research programs in the fiscal year 2011 appropriations process. Similar letters were sent to Reps. Jim Cooper, Marsha Blackburn, John Tanner, Lincoln Davis, Steve Cohen, Zach Wamp, Bart Gordon, Phil Roe and Sen. Bob Corker. (Feb. 24, 2010)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., in support of the Federal Family Education Loan program. (Sept. 10, 2009)
  • Letter from the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation, more than 200 corporations, scientific and educational organizations, and universities to President Obama thanking him and his Administration for their  leadership in advancing the nation’s investment in  basic research. (April 6, 2009)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., requesting support for federal student aid programs and research programs in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations process. Similar letters were sent to  Reps. Marsha Blackburn, John Tanner, Lincoln Davis, Steve Cohen, Zach Wamp, Bart Gordon, Phil Roe and Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. (April 1, 2009)               
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation urging support for increased research funding in the FY 2009 continuing resolution. (Sept. 16, 2008)               
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation       announcing Vanderbilt’s debt reduction initiative. (Oct. 1, 2008)               
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation,       congressional leadership, and leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging increased funding for federal research and student aid in the final FY 2009 appropriations bills. (Dec. 15, 2008)

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